Deutz Brut Classic – Champagne, France
The holidays are the perfect time to open a bottle of Champagne. Crisp, bubbly, and exciting, the Deutz Brut Classic is a great way to celebrate any occasion, and also a great pair with many different foods. Like all true Champagne, Deutz comes from the champagne region in northern France. All other sparkling wine is just that: sparkling wine. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but Champagne has a depth, body, and mineral earthiness unmatched anywhere else in the world. The Deutz Brut Classic is a non-vintage wine, meaning it is a blend of over 20 different lots from many different years. Each year, Deutz blends this cuvee in their house style, which is rather consistent from year to year. Biscuit and toasty oak dominate the aromas, with a crisp pear and almond body that gives the Champagne a rich, heady taste. The blend of 38 percent pinot noir, 32 percent pinot meunier, and 30 percent chardonnay is aged “en tirage” for three years. This means the final blend is in its bottle, with the yeast and sediment, picking up the rich biscuit flavors for three years before disgorging and final capping with a cork and wire basket. This extra aging makes the Deutz one of the richest and fullest of the non-vintage offerings in the market.
William Deutz and Pierre-Hubert Geldermann founded Champagne Deutz in 1838, in Ay. Passed down through the generations, in 1993 Louis Roederer purchased the company, although it is still operated semi-independently, and the Champagnes of the two houses are completely different.
Like most Champagne, try the Deutz with caviar, light seafood, or salty snacks as basic as popcorn. With its extra richness, the Deutz is particularly nice with lobster or crab.
– Jarrett Osborn, Special to The Trail
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